Ada County recognized for creating a bike friendly community

The Ada County Highway District has earned Ada County another Silver rating from the League of American Bicyclists for its commitment to creating a bicycle friendly community.

Ada County is one of 485 total communities in the country to meet the criteria to achieve this honor. 

The League of American Bicyclists selects winners by looking at a community’s efforts to educate the public about bike safety, initiatives to encourage people to bike and the ability to plan and build bike infrastructure. 

Ada County was designated a Silver-level Bike Friendly Community four years ago. The applicant must reapply every four years.

The county has 342.47 miles of bike lanes. Since the last application, Ada County saw the addition of 16.9 lane miles of standard bike lanes, 22.1 miles of enhanced bike lanes (including buffered bike lanes, raised bike lanes, cycle tracks, protected bike lanes, and multi-use paths), and 41.9 miles of signed and branded low-stress bikeways. While the construction of Ada County’s first enhanced bike lanes occurred since last reporting, these facility types have become the norm for bike facilities along arterial roadways when reconstructed.

ACHD also has a Bicycle Advisory Committee, a panel of local cyclists, who represent commuters and recreational cyclists and meet monthly to give advice to the district regarding upcoming projects and ongoing cycling needs and issues.